ECE434 Project: Dancing Fish

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Team members: Eliza Romeu, Melina Ferner, Kurtis VonBargen

Grading Template

I'm using the following template to grade. Each slot is 10 points. 0 = Missing, 5=OK, 10=Wow!

09 Executive Summary
09 Packaging
09 Installation Instructions 
09 User Instructions
09 Highlights
09 Theory of Operation
09 Work Breakdown
09 Future Work/Conclusions
09 Demo/Poster
00 Not Late

Score:  90/100

Executive Summary

This project is making a device using the Beaglebone which can stream any chosen audio. The music will come from a specified youtube video and will be played on a wired speaker. In order to make the music being played more interactive, the device will feature a fish that moves on beat with the music controlled by a servo. Additionally, we will have a sound-activated LED Music spectrum (on two different 8x8 LED Matrices) to reflect the different tones that are being played.


10/29 Order Parts
11/4 Install necessary packages on Bone
11/6 Create an interface for led Matrices
11/7 Create an interface for servo
11/9 Play music from youtube on speaker
11/12 Create a python file for FFT of music
11/13 Combine the interfaces for the completed project
11/14 Debugging
11/17 Finish documentation


This project uses:

  • Beaglebone Black
  • Two 8x8 LED Matrices
  • RC Servo Motor
  • A wired Speaker
  • Any cords needed to attach the speaker to a USB 2 port
  • Movable Fish and any materials needed to attach to the servo

There are pictures attached of the packaging that we made for the device.

Installation Instructions

Give step by step instructions on how to install your project.

  • Our github path
  • Be sure your is includes an up-to-date and clear description of your project so that someone who comes across you git repository can quickly learn what you did and how they can reproduce it.
  • Include a Makefile for your code if using C.
  • Include any additional packages installed via apt. Include and files.
  • Include kernel mods.
  • If there is extra hardware needed, include links to where it can be obtained.

User Instructions

Once everything is installed, how do you use the program? Give details here, so if you have a long user manual, link to it here.

Consider making it autostart for full credit.


Here is where you brag about what your project can do.

Include a YouTube demo the audio description.

Theory of Operation

Give a high level overview of the structure of your software. Are you using GStreamer? Show a diagram of the pipeline. Are you running multiple tasks? Show what they do and how they interact.

Work Breakdown

List the major tasks in your project and who did what.

Also list here what doesn't work yet and when you think it will be finished and who is finishing it.

Future Work

Suggest addition things that could be done with this project.


Give some concluding thoughts about the project. Suggest some future additions that could make it even more interesting.

thumb‎ Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder